The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 provide protection against discrimination based on a disability. According to Section 504, "No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States … shall, solely by the reason of …disability, be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” The ADA states a "person with a disability” is someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, learning, breathing, and working. Physical or mental impairments include, for example, learning disabilities, emotional or mental illness, blindness and visual impairments, deafness and hearing impairments, mobility impairments and some chronic illness"
Current diagnostic and evaluative reports by a trained professional are the types of documentation needed. Documentation should be current; however, discretion may be used in accepting documentation of conditions which are permanent or non-varying (eg; a sensory disability). For more information on documentation needed for specific disabilities, click here.
All evaluations, test results and medical records are confidential and are used for the sole purpose of determining eligibility for accommodations. The nature of the disability or temporary disabling condition is not released to any other party except with the written consent of the student.
There are a variety of services and accommodations available to UAS students through the Disability Services office. The DSS Coordinator at UAS, will work with the student to find the most suitable accommodations for each individual. Examples of accommodations include: testing accommodations, note-taking and scribing assistance and alternate format books. A complete list of available services and accommodations can be found by clicking here.
Students are able to contact the Disability Services at any time during their academic career at UAS to request reasonable accommodations. However, the sooner Disability Services is notified the sooner they can begin preparing reasonable accommodations and services. High school students with disabilities transitioning to post-secondary education may want to contact DSS after receiving admission acceptance and/or registering for classes. It is your decision whether or not to inform the University of your disability. However, Disability Services highly encourages any students with disabilities to contact the DSS office and strives to provide a safe, confidential, and welcoming environment in which to discuss disability concerns. Contact with the Disability Services office is the first step towards receiving any type of support services or accommodations.
Students are welcome to bring a family member or support person during their visits with Disability Services. However, at University of Alaska Southeast we highly encourage students to self-advocate for themselves. More information on self-advocacy can be found in the General Information section of our website or by clicking here.